Police: Man from Brooklyn intentionally coughed on customers at Rotterdam Walmart, said he had COVID-19


ROTTERDAM – A Brooklyn man has been arrested at the Rotterdam Walmart for allegedly coughing on people and stating he had COVID-19, police said Tuesday night.

The incident happened just before 8 p.m. at the Walmart at 1320 Altamont Ave., police said.

Officers responded there for a report of a man inside the store “stating he has COVID-19 and intentionally coughing on multiple customers,” police said in a release.


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Arriving officers found the man and identified him as Marvin Herring, 23, of Brooklyn.

He was charged with one count of making a terroristic threat, a felony, and third-degree menacing, a misdemeanor.

Rotterdam police Lt. Kyle Girard said later Tuesday evening that they’ve requested Herring be tested for the coronavirus. However, Girard said Herring did not display other symptoms, including a fever, while in Rotterdam police custody prior to being turned over to the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department.

“The Rotterdam Police Department is following all CDC protocols for potential exposures,” the release read.

Herring is to be arraigned Friday morning. 

Herring also has an active warrant for first-degree robbery in New York City.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

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